April 5, 2020

          

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord: Building on last Sunday’s message— regardless of what happens in the world, God is ever present— Fr. George told us to consider this: “Am I truly a reflection of Jesus?  Or, do I question God’s love for me when things aren’t going well?  Jesus knows who he is and whose he is.  Do we have that kind of faith?”

“There is work here for God’s people, called to be transformed into Christ in the world” (Pat Marrin).

As we process into the overwhelming liturgies of Holy Week, the challenge is to mean it when we sing “Hosanna!”  We are asking to be one with him who emptied himself for us (Mary M. McGlone, CSJ).

Within the readings we see betrayal, distress, evil, deception, boasting, physical hurt, desertion, denial, and greed, all aimed at Jesus.  This is not unlike what many people are experiencing today in our world, our neighborhoods, and our communities (Connie Schnapf).

Jesus certainly knows our pain and the heavy load that we all bear.  […]  In this unprecedented time, may we be even more united in prayer and solidarity for each other and especially with our brothers and sisters who are severely or even fatally affected by the pandemic.  Like Jesus, may we place our complete trust in God’s mercy and wisdom, with the confidence that God will give us the grace to get through this difficult time (Rev. vănThanh Nguyễn, SVD).

The passion of the Lord points to his passion for humanity.  It might be a good day for us to reflect what we have done on behalf of humanity (St. Jude Bible Diary).

Throughout the year, those palm branch pieces can be a continuing reminder of how much [God] loves me and how deeply I want to respond, “Hosanna!  Save me, dear Jesus!” (Angela Maynard).

Lord Jesus, be the king and ruler of my heart, mind, life, and home.  May my life reflect your meekness and humility that you may be honored as the king of glory (Don Schwager).

“I belong to many groups and identities, Lord, but I know I must answer for myself” (Alice Camille; We Journey Together, 2020, p. 41).

          

Happy birthday, Fr. George!

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March 15, 2020

          

Third Sunday of Lent: Today Bishop Mulvey told us that Lent is the true meaning of living our community of faith.

“The woman at the well… summons us today to bring our thirst to the well, never satisfied for anything less than living water, direct and intimate contact with the Source of life” (Pat Marrin).

God’s love is poured out in our hearts to bring life to our thirsty souls.  […]  The Holy Spirit is at work within and among us to refresh this truth (Edward A. Morse, JD).

What is it we most desire in life?  When and how do we drink from the font of living water?  How are we called to invite others to the well?  Remember, our thirst is a gift from the God waiting for us at the well (Mary M. McGlone, CSJ).

Hearing God’s word is only the beginning.  One must live those words.  Put them into action.  They must reflect in everything we do (Lorraine Kirker).

Do we test God even though we have seen and experienced God’s marvelous deeds in our lives?  Or are we like the Samaritan woman, caught in the complexities of life, yet always open to new insights, to conversion of mind and heart, to opportunities for bringing others to Jesus? (Sr. Dianne Bergant, CSA).

Lord Jesus, my soul thirsts for you.  Fill me with your Holy Spirit that I may always find joy in your presence and take delight in doing your will (Don Schwager).

“Lord, we thank you that it’s not our past that concerns you, but our future choices” (Alice Camille; We Journey Together, 2020, p. 20).

          

          

          

          

March 15, 2020

               

*Rectory photos: Steven M. Lanoux, Ph.D.

March 7, 2020

       

Second Sunday of Lent: Fr. George said that, despite life’s difficulties, we must hold onto hope.  We are called to be of service to others through our love, sacrifice, mercy, and compassion so that we can fulfill God’s will for us.

“Lent is a journey to the great sorrow of Calvary but it is also a journey beyond that to the Resurrection” (Lorraine Kirker).

“It is sometimes a good idea to be detached from the ordinary and mundane concerns of life and climb our own mountain of prayer and good works to see the glory of God shining before us” (St. Jude Bible Diary).

We are all called to be transfigured and marked with the sign of the cross that unites both suffering and glory.  […]  Our discipleship is not about success but about being faithful (Pat Marrin).

Lent is an excellent time for tuning our listening ears to the voice of Jesus still speaking in our lives, our Church, and our world.  When our earthly mission is fulfilled, our hope now is not for a transitory tent where we can rest for a little while with the glorified Jesus, but a seat in a banquet hall where we will feast with him forever (Anne McGowan, PhD).

Time on the mountain invites us to recall moments of insight or delight when we experienced God’s love and presence.  […]  We go to the mountain for inspiration.  We come down to put it into practice (Mary M. McGlone, CSJ).

Dear Lord, help me to see when my ways are not your ways.  Grant me perseverance when the way becomes challenging.  Aid me in not letting the fear of failure stand in the way of the potential for success (Mike Cherney, PhD).

Lord Jesus, keep me always alert to you, to your word, your action, and your constant presence in my life.  Let me see your glory (Don Schwager).

“Take my hand, Lord, and lead me in the way I should walk” (Alice Camille; We Journey Together, 2020, p. 13).

          

          

          

March 8, 2020

               

*Rectory photos: Steven M. Lanoux, Ph.D.

March 1, 2020

         

First Sunday of Lent: Today Fr. George told us that Lent is the season during which we take stock of where we are and what we need to do to return to God.

Temptations are real.  Sin is when we say no to God’s will, but fasting and prayer can help us find our way.  It’s not easy.  It may involve sacrifice, but we are disciples of the One who said yes.  With courage, willpower, and determination, we, too, can say yes; so let us continue on our Lenten journey.

“Lent invites us all into the desert to be tested in order to know our need for grace in crisis” (Pat Marrin).

The call to the wilderness is to the heart of our deepest spiritual desires, where God is longing and waiting to enter evermore.  It is from this sacred space that we are gradually transformed (Maria Cimperman, RSCJ).

Fortitude to resist temptation doesn’t come without effort.  […]  The Lenten practices of prayer, fasting, almsgiving, and scripture reading can help us to make the right choices when confronted by temptation (Lorraine Kirker).

I am usually beset by countless challenges and temptations everyday.  […]  Perhaps today is a good day to stand my ground with the Word of God as my shield (St. Jude Bible Diary).

Jesus knows that only love is omnipotent.  Love is the one power that gives life and the one that even death cannot overcome (Mary M. McGlone, CSJ).

Lord Jesus, your word is life and joy for me.  Fill me with your Holy Spirit that I may have the strength and courage to embrace your will in all things and to renounce whatever is contrary to it (Don Schwager).

“I praise you, Lord, for being a God of mercy and compassion, slow to chide and swift to bless” (Alice Camille; We Journey Together, 2020, p. 7).

          

          

            

          

          

March 1, 2020

               

       

February 23, 2020

               

*Rectory photos: Steven M. Lanoux, Ph.D.

February 15, 2020

          

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Fr. George told us that Jesus is the fulfillment of the law of Moses.

Jesus goes beyond all that we do and asks that we be led by love and empathy.  All of us get angry and feel hurt, but how do we respond?  Words can kill; looks can kill.  Words can’t be taken back, so how do we express our feelings without hurting others and ourselves?  We need to acknowledge our anger and then decide what to do.  Taking the time to understand another person’s perspective helps us choose what is good.  Jesus was always led by love.

“Jesus… teaches that with radical faith in God, human beings are capable of much more than just conforming to customs and rules of good conduct” (Sr. Mary Frohlich, RSCJ).

[Jesus] challenges all of his followers (then, now, and future) to be aware of their interior dispositions in their interactions with others.  Our actions might not rise to [acting out].  Our hearts, however, may betray the goodness to which God calls us (Linda McMahon).

Understanding and fulfilling the purpose of the law differentiates us from robots.  Only human beings can interact in a way that leads all parties concerned to become more human (Mary M. McGlone, CSJ).

Love requires the hard work of discernment in each case to determine the balance of mercy and justice.  Love means negotiating differences with our opponents and respecting the dignity of others in thought and speech.  Love takes the Commandments to the next level of wisdom and compassion in dealing with dilemmas and the need to compromise (Pat Marrin).

Lord Jesus, begin a new work of love within me.  Instill in me a greater love and respect for your commandments.  Give me a burning desire to live a life of holiness and righteousness.  Purify my thoughts, desires, and intentions that I may only desire what is pleasing to you and in accord with your will (Don Schwager).

          

          

          

         

       

February 16, 2020

               

*Rectory photos: Steven M. Lanoux, Ph.D.

February 8, 2020

       

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Fr. George told us that “today Jesus reminds us that we are the light of the world, salt of the earth; so we have to make a difference in the world.”

We are called to be light in darkness, suffering, and division.  Baptism has given us the power of the Holy Spirit, yet we hide it under an overturned bushel basket.  We are loving, generous, wonderful, beautiful.  We have the light, so how do we become messengers of hope?  We don’t have to literally die for others; our good deeds can be channels of goodness in the world.  We are blessed, so let us be more receptive to the needs of others.  Let us show our light (Audio recording transcribed and paraphrased).

“If we are really trying to follow the Light, to follow Christ and discern what is of God, I believe we’ll be on the right track (Molly Mattingly).

In our world when so much polarization has gripped the church and beyond, perhaps one way we can think about the discord and pain is as metaphorical cramps in the Body of Christ due to lack of sufficient “salt of the earth.”  The remedy is simple, but the responsibility is ours: it is up to us to provide the missionary discipleship Christ calls us to live and, in turn, become the necessary salt and light the world needs today (Daniel P. Horan, OFM).

Today we’re invited to become saltier.  We’ll do that by reconsidering our values and learning from people whose approach to life makes us question our own.  With that, new light will dawn on us— and it will inevitably shine forth (Mary M. McGlone, CSJ).

[Jesus] invites us to share in his mission and desires that we bring God’s blessings to others.  In responding to this invitation, we offer thanksgiving and praise to God by our lives and God is glorified (Linda McMahon).

While the church does not choose one candidate over another, it asks its members to choose based on the values it holds.  We must ask what our shining city should look like, then work to create one that welcomes us and all our brothers and sisters (Pat Marrin).

Lord Jesus, you guide me by the light of your saving truth.  Fill my heart and mind with your light and truth and free me from the blindness of sin and deception that I may see your ways clearly and understand your will for my life.  May I radiate your light and truth to others in word and deed (Don Schwager).

         

          

          

          

          

February 9, 2020

    

*Rectory photos: Steven M. Lanoux, Ph.D.

February 2, 2020

          

Presentation of the Lord / Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Today Fr. George said that every child is a gift from God and so belongs to the whole community of believers.  “What are we beyond what we can see?  Do I bring out the best in myself?  In others?  Baptized in Christ are we living where we’re supposed to be?  Are we true children of God— dedicated to him, rooted in our faith in Jesus?”

The Mother of God… carried the true light in her arms and brought him to those who lay in darkness.  We, too, should carry a light for all to see and reflect the radiance of the true light as we hasten to meet him (St. Sophronius).

[E]ach of us is called to labor together with God.  […]  No matter our starting point, the feast of the Presentation of the Lord invites us to recognize God’s fledgling appearances in our world, to marvel at the mystery, and to dedicate ourselves to nurturing it (Mary M. McGlone, CSJ).

This coming week, as we pray, let us open our eyes and hearts to see, feel, and proclaim the source of salvation among us.  […]  Let us trust that God will reveal the divine presence that dwells in all as we encounter other ordinary people who love God in extraordinary ways (Linda McMahon).

Lord Jesus, you are my hope and my life.  May I never cease to place all my trust in you.  Fill me with the joy and strength of the Holy Spirit that I may boldly point others to your saving presence and words of eternal life (Don Schwager).

“If only we would permit ourselves not to see the present, but to gaze steadfastly with hope at things a little more distant” (St. Basil).

        

          

February 2, 2020

               

January 26, 2020

         

Sunday of the Word of God / Third Sunday in Ordinary Time: Fr. George told us that Ordinary Time allows us the opportunity to encounter Jesus in our lives.  “Walk with him, listen to him, experience him, and learn how to have an extraordinary life.”  Jesus is the light of the world; but we, too, can light the path for others.

The call to God’s kingdom calls us to become part of a new community.  […]  But how do we follow the call to discipleship?  Where do we need to say “yes” and take a chance on God? (Kris Veldheer).

[T]he majority of us aren’t called to leave everything behind, but rather to let our daily life go through the gradual transformations that can turn every profession, every job, and all our relationships into experiences of the kingdom of heaven (Mary M. McGlone, CSJ).

What we really want is to hear that, despite all our ordinary ways and even our weaknesses, Jesus… has stopped to look at us and call us by name to follow him.  Whatever the cost of discipleship, this prayer persists, and rightly so, for it is our openness to God’s love at work in our lives, the vocation that goes to the core of who we really are (Pat Marrin).

Look for the light [and] draw on the courage of our faith to share the… light of Christ with others (Barbara J. Dilly, PhD).

Lord Jesus, your ways are life and light!  Let your word penetrate my heart and transform my mind that I may see your power and glory.  Help me to choose your ways and to do what is pleasing to you (Don Schwager).

“The Spirit raises our hearts to heaven, guides the steps of the weak, and brings perfection to those who are making progress” (St. Basil).

          

          

January 26, 2020

               

           

January 19, 2020

               

*Rectory photos: Steven M. Lanoux, Ph.D.

January 11, 2020

          

Baptism of the Lord / Ordinary Time: Msgr. Chamberlain told us that Jesus is the invisible God.  “Philip asked, ‘When do we get to see God?’  And Jesus replied, ‘When you see me, you see God.’  The Christmas season ends today, so Ordinary Time is for us to reflect on the meaning of Christmas until we get to Lent.  Let us ask ourselves: Am I really living the Christian gospel?  Our day to day life is to live the gospel because we are all children of the Father.  The gospel is our rule of life, so— Let me be a little bit better, stronger, more aligned to the gospel of the Lord.”

“The plan of the Father was for Jesus to make atonement for all sin by becoming the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world and thus reconcile all to the Father” (St. Jude Bible Diary).

“Today’s solemnity of the Baptism of the Lord is also a celebration of our baptisms, a reminder of who we are and why we are in the world” (Pat Marrin).

“The scene of the baptism shows how Jesus’ discernment of the will of God opened him to hear God’s confirmation of his actions” (Mary M. McGlone, CSJ).

The celebration of Jesus’s baptism invites us to think about the consequences of our own baptism.  Through baptism, we, too, are suffused with the same Spirit of God.  We, too, are called to dream of justice and healing for all— not just to dream, but to enact that dream in the everyday circumstances of our lives” (Rev. Donald Senior, CP).

Glimpsing the face of God, we pass from death to life.  […]  In accepting our humanity, we find God’s embrace (Jeanne Schuler, PhD).

Lord Jesus, fill me with your Holy Spirit and with the fire of your love and goodness.  May I always find joy and delight in seeking to please you in doing your will just as you have delighted in the joy of pleasing your Father and doing his will (Don Schwager).

“We are all one because the Father is in Christ, and Christ is in us” (St. Hilary).

          

January 12, 2020 

               

*Rectory photos: Steven M. Lanoux, Ph.D.

January 5, 2020

         

Epiphany of the Lord / Christmas: Fr. George told us that, by giving simple, ordinary, heartfelt gifts to God, we become channels of his goodness.

“This week, don’t let a day go by without smiling and/or laughing and/or finding delight in someone or something” (Sr. Denise Wilkerson, SP).

As we close the Christmas season, Matthew invites us to cultivate a double vision.  We need to cast a critical and self-reflective eye on the religious leaders here.  […]  With the other eye, we follow the Magi and gaze beyond our horizons, toward new respect and openness to others who genuinely seek to know God (Mary M. McGlone, CSJ).

Darkness only accentuates the light.  Jesus has kindled the light of his love in our hearts, and the brightness of that love will show us the way forward (Pat Marrin).

In the motion of the magi, a journey toward and away from Bethlehem, we can feel the rhythmic procession of our own lives touched by the radiance of divine encounter and charged to live it out justly, with and for others, especially in unsettling times, aware of potential risks and costs (Carmen M. Nanko-Fernández, DMin).

“Let us follow the star of inspiration and divine attraction which calls us to the crib, and let us go there to adore and love the Child Jesus and offer ourselves to him” (St. Jane Frances de Chantal).

“Lord, make me a mirror that reflects your light into the lives of others” (St. Jude Bible Diary).

          

          

          

       

January 5, 2020